WASHINGTON (Feb. 28, 2005)–National Geographic Children’s Books has recorded its most successful year to date, with 2004 revenues increasing more than 20 percent over the previous year and 70 percent of its titles garnering places on best book lists and/or starred reviews.
Fifteen of the 21 titles published in 2004 and a book series were recognized with 58 best-book placements and starred reviews. The most accolades went to “With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote,” by Ann Bausum, which garnered 11 list placements and starred reviews, and “George Washington, Spymaster,” by Thomas B. Allen, which received eight. Both books appeared on the 2005 ALA Best Book for Young Adults list, the 2005 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People list, the 2005 Capitol Choices list, and the New York Public Library 100 titles for Reading & Sharing list. Both received starred reviews in School Library Journal.
In addition, “With Courage and Cloth” appeared on the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer list and Chicago Public Library Best of the Best list, was a 2005 ALA Notable Children’s Book, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, an Orbis Pictus recommended book, and received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews. “George Washington, Spymaster” received the Gold Prize from the Washington Art Directors Club and starred reviews in ALA Booklist and Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.
“George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides,” by Rosalyn Schanzer, received seven best-book placements and starred reviews. “When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life Before Dinosaurs,” by Hannah Bonner, and “Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics,” by Sue Macy, each received five.
Other National Geographic Children’s Books that won places on best-book lists and starred reviews include “Are We Alone? Scientists Search for Life in Space,” by Gloria Skurzinski; “Building Liberty: A Statue Is Born,” by Serge Hochain; “Count on Us: American Women in the Military,” by Amy Nathan; “Curse of the Pharaohs: My Adventures with Mummies,” by Zahi Hawass; “Forces of Nature: The Awesome Power of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tornadoes,” by Catherine O’Neill Grace; “The Human Story: Our Evolution from Prehistoric Ancestors to Today,” by Christopher Sloan; “National Geographic Prehistoric Mammals,” by Alan Turner; “Railroad Fever: Building the Transcontinental Railroad 1830-1870,” by Monica Halpern; “Remember D-Day: The Plan, the Invasion, Survivor Stories,” by Ronald J. Drez; “Spiders and Their Webs,” by Darlyne A. Murawski; The series “Crossroads America” won a place on Booklist’s top 10 series for youth list.